Melissa Suzanne "Missy" Zens


October 6, 1979 - May 20, 2015


Melissa Suzanne "Missy" Zens, daughter of Warren and Kathy (Kickland) Zens was born October 6, 1979 in Mitchell SD.  She attended grade school in Mitchell and later graduated from Mitchell High School in 1999. 

She moved to Sioux Falls, SD were she resided for 10 years. She returned to Mitchell where she has resided for the last four years two of which were living with her sister, Jamie Zens. 

Missy had many passions during her life.  She was an avid wrestling fan and enjoyed going to WWE matches with her father, Warren. GO John Cena! Missy and her mother had a very loving relationship. She always thought she was “somebody” when mom would buy her Aeropostale clothes. In their younger years Missy and her sisters Jenny and Beth would always hang out and occasionally would even drag main! In later years they gave her one of the greatest gifts, they made her an aunt! She loved country music, and attended many concerts with her sister, Jamie.  The Minnesota Vikings were her favorite football team during the good times, and the bad. She would defend her team to the bitter end no matter what her brother-in-law, Matt Mackey would say. Missy loved her computer and cell phone; it was her way to keep in touch with the world. And she really enjoyed having her own personal “tech guy”, her brother-in-law, Jeff Shaffer.

With all the adversity and challenges Missy has endured during her life, she enjoyed life, and was always kind to everyone, and faced the world with a smile. She held a special place in her heart for her family.

Her nephews, Jake and Riley Mackey were always smiles while riding on the back of her wheelchair when younger.

Her niece, Alexis Shaffer, nephews, Michael, Hunter, and Rickey Shaffer were just as touched to be a part of her life as she was to be a part of theirs.

Grateful for having shared her life are her parents, Warren and Kathy (Kickland) Zens of Mitchell; her sisters:  Matt and Jenny (Zens) Mackey and their sons, Jacob and Riley of Fulton, SD, Jeff and Beth (Zens) Shaffer and their children: Michael, Alexis, Hunter and Ricky all of Mitchell, SD, her sister, Jamie Zens, and beloved pets, Buddy and Minx of Mitchell, SD; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Pearl Kickland, Clemet and Elsie Zens, Uncles Billy Kickland and Greg Koepsell, along with many special friends.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Monday, May 25, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, May 26, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Posted by Terry & Ramona Schroeder on May 25, 2015
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all!
Posted by Anita Kappenman on May 25, 2015
Warren, Kathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Missy. I will always remember her sweet smile, kind heart, and zest for life. Prayers and hugs to you and your family during this time of loss.
Posted by patty and robbie gottschalk 5-24-15 on May 24, 2015
so very sorry for your lose we thought the world of Missy and will miss our talks on Fb and phone.May God help you through this time of sorrow and heal you..Remember you now have an angel on your shoulder at all times...
Posted by Ruth and Hank Hayes on May 24, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Chris Barta on May 24, 2015
So sorry.....gone way to soon.......prayers and blessings to Missy's family......
Posted by Karen & Bob Mohr on May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss! May your memories help ease your pain. Wishing you God's healing to your sadden hearts. So sorry!
Posted by Scott and Linda Kickland on May 23, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy and family. We will allies her. Rest in peace Missy.
Posted by Scott and Linda Kickland on May 23, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy and family. We will allies her. Rest in peace Missy.
Posted by Jerry & Deb Zens on May 23, 2015
our hearts feel for all of you as you go through such a difficult hurts so much because she was such a blessing in your life...cherish and share the many memories...
Posted by Russ & Solvei Stedman on May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Wish we could be there.
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on May 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to all of her family. I know many of you but didn't get the chance to meet Missy. My hearts aches for you all knowing how much it hurts to lose a sister. May she rest in peace and be free of pain. Hugs!!
Posted by Kim Janzing on May 23, 2015
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Jamie. I only knew of your sister what you have told me over the years but I know how important she was to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you! ...Kim Janzing
Posted by Anna Marie Johnson on May 23, 2015
Zens family I am so sorry to hear of Missy's passing. I so enjoyed coming and helping her.she was such a kindred spirit. heaven is truly gained a beautiful angel. I will always treasure the time she came and watched WrestleMania at our house and each time I ever have a lime Bud Light I will always think her.
Posted by juli on May 23, 2015
Even tho we never met in person, i treasured Missy as my friend. My heart aches for your loss. Missy, fly high with the angels. no more pain. Prayers go out to the family of this beautiful young lady.
Posted by Mike & Dawn Fredericksen on May 23, 2015
Sooo sorry to hear this! Thinking of all of you!
Posted by Cheryl Kunkel on May 23, 2015
Our prayers are with all of you. I remember the days with my children Kim & Brent Schmitt they so enjoyed Melissa she always had a smile on her face was happy. God sent another ANGEL to Heaven prayers God Bless
Posted by Barb Goldammer on May 23, 2015
Thoughts and prayers go out to you, Kathy Warren and family!
My hearts breaks for you!
Posted by Janelle Guericke on May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Posted by Deb Picchietti on May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. U are all in my prayers.
Posted by Erin Fieseler on May 23, 2015
Words can not describe to depth of loss to your family. Remember the great times, laugh about the memories, and shed tears of love. She is waiting to see you again! She will always be in your hearts!
Posted by Cindy Leivo on May 23, 2015
Sending prayers and hugs for everyone..Missy will be missed. I so enjoyed our friendship and talks we had <3
Posted by Leroy Schneider on May 23, 2015
Our sincere sympathy and prayers to your Family. I have notified our daughters.
Leroy Schneider & Family
Posted by Andrea Morenz on May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jody Mackey on May 23, 2015
Warren, Kathy and family we are so sorry about Missy passing are thought and prayers are with you all. Remember the good time, she will always be in your heart and not far away.
Posted by Alice & Nick Schleich on May 22, 2015
Jamie, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family!
Posted by Mary Goodhope on May 22, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go to Missy's family
Posted by Diane Zahn on May 22, 2015
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and send our thoughts and prayers to you.
Posted by Janelle Hearnen on May 22, 2015
My prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time. Missy was an inspirational to all of us. She would face her challenges head on and always had a smile. I will see you on Tuesday.
Posted by Donna DeNure on May 22, 2015
I am SO sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Posted by Larry Achen on May 22, 2015
so sorry for your thoughts are with all of you
Posted by DAVE & LAVON CALLIES on May 22, 2015
Warren, Kathy, and family, Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish all the wonderful memories with Missy. Thinking of you with sincere sympathy. Lavon
Posted by Diane on May 22, 2015
Warren, Kathy and so sorry of hearing of the passing of Missy...My heart aches for you..You have my prayers and sincere condolences......Diane Moke
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